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Why Do Children With Autism Play Differently?

Autism is a developmental disorder that causes an impairment in the ability to communicate and interact with others while limiting some interests and activities.

Many children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) present sensory issues, difficulties to socialize, and a preference for repetition and routines, so games and stimulation need to suit their condition.

In today’s article, we explain to you why kids with autism tend to play in a particular way.

How kids with autism play games

Children with autism are more likely than their neurotypical peers to line objects up, play by themselves, and repeat the same actions over and over again. They’re also less likely to engage in games that require make-believe, social interaction, or collaboration. Here are some of their usual behaviors when it comes to playing games:

  • They prefer to play alone most of the time.
  • They present an inability or unwillingness to grasp the basic rules of shared play.
  • They engage in activities that seem purposeless and repetitive, like lining up objects, opening or closing doors, and other similar actions.
  • They are unable or unwilling to respond to friendly proposals and invitations from both adults or other kids to play.
  • They present an apparent obliviousness to other children’s behaviors or words.
  • They have a difficulty to grasp the basics of symbolic play (pretend play).

Why do they play differently?

As we said earlier, many kids with ASD face challenges to communicate and interact, which affects the way they behave at games. But in addition to these, there are two other factors usually involved:

  • A lack of joint attention skills: this refers to a shared focus on a specific activity, and it occurs when one person alerts another about an object using visual or verbal indications. Joint or shared attention is necessary to engage in collaborative games. Although children with autism may have trouble developing these skills on their own, they can learn them with some help.
  • A lack of imitation skills: neurotypical children watch how others play games and with toys and imitate them. Kids with autism may not even notice that others are playing at all, and are very unlikely to observe others’ behaviors and intuitively begin to imitate them.

However, it is possible to teach a child with autism to play with others. Professional help and several therapeutic approaches can help them build these skills, but parents must also take an active role in the process.

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Your children may find joy in different games than usual.

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Check out These Hobbies and Activities to Enjoy With Your Child With Autism

One of the biggest challenges for parents of children with autism is finding hobbies to enjoy with their kids. Keeping them active and entertained these days is a little hard since they’re getting more demanding and tend to be bored easily. But don’t worry, there are plenty of activities you can do with your child during your free time.

In this article, we show you some options to enjoy with your kid with ASD and your whole family. Keep reading!

Hobbies and activities for children with autism:

The first thing you need to remember is that children with autism do not spontaneously learn how to organize their free time. What to do during recess, weekends, or holidays can be a mystery to them, so you need to show them some activities they can do, either on their own, with you or with other family members.

Here are some hobbies and activities you can practice with the little ones:

Social and motor games

These are movements performed without the use of any objects. Adults need to take the initiative in this type of activity.

Some examples are tickling and spinning games, but there are many more. These are rewarding for children with autism because they encourage anticipation and improve their motor and interactive skills.

Role-playing games

These activities consist of pretending you are someone or something else, like an animal or an object your kid likes. Mimicry is a great way to stimulate children and get them interested in different things.

These games can be about making movements (like clapping or jumping) and vocal sounds to imitate a character.

Sensory games

Through the use of different materials, you can teach your child about colors, textures, and smells. Let them play with sand, clay, plasticine, waxes, finger paint, watercolors, fabrics, or paper and help them develop their creativity. They will love it!

Cause and effect games

You can present them toys that produce a sound or lights when pressing a button or a game where you have to fit pieces together. 

These kinds of games teach children with autism what to expect after doing certain things and help them build their tolerance to frustration.

Functional play with objects and dolls

Use toy tools, kitchenettes, dolls, action figures, cars, model trains, among other items, to stimulate your children and their imagination.

Of course, you need to adjust all functional games to the condition of your child within the autism spectrum.

Visuospatial games

Doing puzzles and playing with building blocks or legos are the best examples of these types of games. 

When playing with your child, you can help them find the missing pieces, fit the legos, and give them ideas to create different things. If they struggle a little, try to reinforce them.

Musical activities

Listening to music can help you bond with your kids. For example, you can play a song and then:

 

  • Dance, jump and move around the house to the rhythm of the music. You can either hold your children’s hands and guide their movements or let them dance freely.
  • Sing along and make gestures according to the lyrics.
  • Lie down next to your child while listening to it.

These hobbies and activities are perfect for spending time with your child with autism.

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Clothing for Children With Special Needs

When it comes to buying clothes for your child, you will always want the best, even more so when adaptive clothing is necessary for them. Taking into account concerns such as special needs will not stop your child from being fashionable. 

Today we will give you a list of clothing brands that create clothing for kids with different needs.

Clothing for special care

MagnaMini

MagnaMini is currently delving into the children’s market with easy-to-lock oxford shirts. The new line includes dress shirts with sturdy magnets instead of traditional buttons, which means a simple on/off process that is low on stress.

Kohl’s

This time, the company is working on special features like flat seams, longer lengths, abdominal access, and two-way zippers.

My Pipers

This underwear is shorter than average and is no-fly, with super soft organic cotton fabrics. It is confectioned with designs for kids.

Sensory Smart Clothing Co.

The owner and creator of Sensory Smart Clothing Co., Alison, began to pursue this idea by designing clothes for her own sense-sensitive child. Because when she began the design process, her experience led her to choose soft fabrics, outer seams, and pockets, and to get rid of the labels completely.

Billy Footwear

Billy Footwear’s universal design footwear has a simple design: a full-length zipper that runs from head to toe to open completely, making it easy for your feet to slide. A mere pull of the zipper closes them comfortably around the user’s feet.

Cat & Jack Adapter

From the time Target debuted its Cat & Jack adaptive clothing line two years ago, it has been the starting point for clothing options for children with different needs. From wheelchair options to clothing that offers abdominal access to seamless, unbranded apparel for kids with sensory issues.

Now you have a small list of options to choose from. Each brand has its own style, but they will make your little one feel comfortable!

There are many things to consider while interacting with children with special needs.

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